A weakened Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in northern Vietnam early Monday and was downgraded to a tropical storm as it entered southern China later in the day, but the damage and death tolls appear nothing like the havoc the storm wreaked upon the Philippines on Friday. Despite an official death toll of just over 250, authorities there fear it could climb to 10,000 or more.
Authorities said at least 2 million people in 41 provinces had been affected by Friday’s disaster and at least 23,000 houses had been damaged or destroyed. Large areas along the coast had been transformed into twisted piles of debris, blocking roads and trapping decomposing bodies underneath. Ships were tossed inland, cars and trucks swept out to sea and bridges and ports washed away.